When it comes to movie villains, there are levels of hate. You know, there are villains you love (Magneto, for instance), villains you love to hate (Darth Vader) and villains that you just flat-out hate (Lord Voldemort).
But today, "The Hunger Games" brings you a whole new category: villains you hate so much there aren't even words in the English language to describe it, just primal, guttural noises.
It's time to get your growl on, because Lionsgate has revealed on Facebook the actors who will be portraying the film's twin embodiments of evil, with Alexander Ludwig and Isabelle Fuhrman cast as the District 2 Tributes, Cato and Clove.
For non-readers, here's a quick rundown on why the sight of those names should be enough to make you see red: in the violent future of Suzanne Collins' popular novel "The Hunger Games," our heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), is sent to participate in a televised free-for-all duel to the death with 23 other teens. But while she and her fellow District 12 representative Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are just trying to survive, Cato and Clove revel in slaughtering and maiming the other kids in the game. Seriously, they are total jerks.
Which makes this casting announcement especially interesting. For Ludwig, who previously has been best known as the upstanding hero of such teen-friendly films as "The Seeker: The Dark is Rising" and "Race to Witch Mountain," the role of rage-filled serial killer Cato is a significant departure. Indeed, Ludwig was himself once up for the role of the heroic Peeta.
Fuhrman, on the other hand, seems to be carving a career out for herself by carving the bodies and minds of the innocent; prior to "The Hunger Games," her most prominent role was as the demonic title character in the 2009 horror film "The Orphan," which makes her perfect for the part of the sadistic Clove.
So start saying your prayers and making your voodoo dolls, because Cato and Clove are coming to theaters on March 23, 2012. And you're going to hate yourself if you miss them.